Big EuroMillions Winners: Where Are They Now?
18th March 2016 9:37 AM
As EuroMillions players across the continent set their sights on a jackpot of £46 million (€60 million) in tonight’s draw, they can allow themselves to think about how landing such an incredible amount of cash would change their lives. Some of the biggest winners in the history of the game have certainly gone on to fulfil their dreams, spending money in a variety of ways but still having enough in the bank to live very happily several years later.
Colin and Christine Weir hold the distinction of being the biggest prize winners from the UK, having pocketed £161.6 million in July 2011. The Weirs moved into a fabulous new mansion worth £3.5 million in 2014, reportedly after only looking round the property for ten minutes. They also set up the Weir Charitable Trust, which continues to benefit Scottish communities today, and last year they donated another £1 million to the Scottish National Party ahead of their successful general election campaign.
When you land such a huge amount of cash, there is plenty left over to satisfy your own individual tastes. It was announced just this week that Adrian Bayford, who landed £148.6 million with his wife Gillian in August 2012, had bought the world’s largest collection of Lady Gaga memorabilia and was opening a new shop.
Gillian, who split from Adrian, has also demonstrated that you can carry on living a normal life after a big lottery win, just with a few added perks. She has invested £3 million on properties and moved back to the Scottish town of Carnoustie where she grew up, but insisted in an interview last year that she only gave her children £3 a week in pocket money on the condition that they clean their rooms and make their beds.
Neil Trotter, who scooped £107.9 million in March 2014, went on to swap his semi-detached house in Surrey for a mansion in Kent worth £5 million. Neil now owns a staggering 400 acres of land, including a lake, while he has eight bedrooms and plenty of space to keep both his ‘fleet of supercars’ and his partner’s horses.
A swanky new pad certainly seems to be high on the shopping list for many big winners, as Nigel and Justine Page also decided to move into a £6 million country manor at the start of this year. They had bought an eco house after bagging £56 million in 2010, but were able to switch to their new eight-bedroom accommodation in the Cotswolds before even selling their previous property.
Whether you like the idea of treading a similar path to these former EuroMillions winners or have your own ambitions for what you could do with £46 million, you’ll need to buy a ticket to have any chance of boosting your bank balance by a substantial amount. You can play online or by visiting an authorised retailer in any of the participating countries, and you could just set yourself up for life if your numbers come up in the draw. Good luck!
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